September 28, 2018
CPTPP critics offer alternative trade vision
A leading critic of the Comprehensive and Progresssive Trans Pacific Partnership says it’s time to shift the focus from opposing individual trade agreements to developing a truly progressive trade strategy.
Professor Jane Kelsey will be part of a conference at the University of Auckland’s Fale Pasifika over Labour weekend which will ask what such a strategy should look like.
She says the government is negotiating a further four or five trade agreements, and the same issues that caused opposition to the CPTPP will arise.
There is a need to develop a new way of looking at international economic relationships and their effects on jobs, the environment, indigenous rights and intellectual property, and so forth.
"What we’re trying to do is take the current Government at its word, that it is interested in looking at a more progressive and inclusive trade agenda for the future, and shift the paradigm to something that is based on different principles," Professor Kelsey says.
The alternative trade hui featuring speakers and panelists like Ngahiwi Tomoana, Ani Mikaere, Annette Sykes and Tania Pouwhare will be live streamed on the It’s Our Future website.
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